Deepak Dobriyal, the Eternal Wingman

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Deepak Dobriyal, the Eternal Wingman

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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or a non-viewer of How I Met Your Mother, the word wingman might not hold any currency. But just think of Saif Ali Khan from the mid-’90s. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Nearly a decade spent playing second fiddle, right beside the male lead. Saif managed to break out of that mould by leveraging his clout in the industry and tackling darker, more layered characters, thereby reinventing himself and even taking home an award or two. But Deepak Dobriyal – Pappi Ji to the average movie-goer, Bhati to a more discerning one – still awaits his moment in the sun.

The pattern was repeated in Kaalakaandi, their last release, where Dobriyal was back doing what the industry has come to believe he does best. Saif, meanwhile, ran away with all the acclaim for his bold turn in a central role. With the long delayed Kuldip Patwal: I Didn’t Do It finally releasing today, one wonders whether it will propel Dobriyal any closer to the attention long due to him.

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